Mansfield, Conn. - Sophomore Duun O'Hara (Woodstock, Conn.) scored the game's only goal on a rebound in the 84th minute to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 1-0 victory over the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in women's soccer action this evening. Trinity improves to 5-6-2 and extends its unbeaten streak to three game (2-0-1) and its winning streak against Eastern Connecticut to four games (three shutouts), while the Warriors fall to 5-10. The Bantams host Wesleyan, ranked No. 23 in the nation, on Saturday at 2 p.m. in their next game, while Eastern Connecticut entertains Brandeis the same day at 1 p.m.
O'Hara tallied her first marker of the season after Eastern Connecticut goalie Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington, Conn.) had saved the initial shot by Trinity rookie Aspen Hawkins (Banks, Oregon). Hawkins took a short pass from 25 yards out on the left side and fired a shot which short-hopped Tyrrell, who made the stop but couldn't control the spin. O'Hara was heading for the net on the shot and as the ball sprung loose, slid in, beating an Eastern defender and Tyrrell's attempt to cover the ball, and pushing it inside the left post. Two minutes after O'Hara's goal, Eastern had a chance to force overtime, but Emily Bellval's free kick from the left side carried over the Trinity wall and sailed just wide of the left post.
O'Hara made several bids in the first half to give Trinity the lead. Her left-footed, 35-yarder 15 minutes into the game banged off the crossbar and was cleared by Eastern sophomore defender Destiny Perez (Vernon). Five minutes later, O'Hara took a pass from freshman midfielder Hannah Storozuk (Tolland, Conn.) ], who had just entered the game, and knocked a 20-yarder just over the crossbar. Storozuk had her own chance to score with 17 minutes left in the first half when she unloaded a hard shot from the top of the box, but Tyrrell grabbed it at eye level.
Tyrrell made nine saves as Trinity outshot Eastern Connecticut, 18-2. Trinity sophomore Jennifer Stuart (Newburyport, Mass.) did not record a save while posting her third shutout in six starts this year. In the scoreless first half, Stuart diffused a potential Warrior threat by coming off her line and smothering a crossing pass from the left by Eastern Connecticut junior defender Madison Leary (Portland, Conn.).